Brand: Meade

Meade 6"/8" LX85 Astrograph Reflector Telescopes (217011/217012)

Brand: Meade

Meade 6"/8" LX85 Astrograph Reflector Telescopes (217011/217012)

The Meade LX85 is a great alternative to the Celestron Advanced VX. It's a high quality goto equatorial mount. In this configuration it's paired with Meade's excellent imaging newtonian optical tubes.
  • Precision-made 150mm/200mm parabolic primary mirror reflector telescope with fast 610mm/800mm focal length will provide years of enjoyment
  • LX85 equatorial mount and tripod with GoTo slewing and tracking, and AudioStar controller for automated pointing to over 30,000 night sky objects
  • Requires 12v DC power source, or AC-DC power inverter
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6" (217011) 8" (217012)

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Why we love the Meade 6"/8" LX85 Astrograph Reflector Telescopes (217011/217012)

These telescopes are excellent for visual astronomy and astrophotography. We love the new Meade LX85 mounts, and the high quality imaging newtonian optical tubes.

Product Description

The Meade 6" and 8" f/4 LX85 astrograph reflector telescopes are compact wide field telescopes. The 8" version has an immense amount of light grasp, thanks to the large 8 BK7 (Borosilicate) mirror and >90% enhanced reflectivity coatings. The f/4.1-f/4 system is incredibly fast, meaning with a camera it will collect a lot of light in a short time, perfect for taking shorter exposures while still recording all sorts of detail in the nebulae and galaxies.

With an 800mm focal length, pairing the 8" version with a DSLR or other astro camera will yield large and rich swaths of sky, perfect for framing any number of deep-sky objects. The 610mm focal length of the 6" version, paired with a DSLR or other astro camera, will yield a spectacularly wide field of view, perfect for framing some of those "showpiece" deep-sky objects such as the Andromeda Galaxy or the Orion Nebula. And with the 2" linear bearing Crayford focuser, try pairing it with a low power 2" eyepiece with a large apparent field of view. From a dark-sky location away from city lights, objects such as the Veil Nebula will reveal structures you may not have seen before. The focuser features a 10:1 reduction fine focus knob, brass compression rings (so you don't mar the barrel of your eyepieces or camera adapters) and a 2" to 1.25" step down adapter (also with a brass compression ring).

The LX85 mount features fully automated GoTo slewing to (and tracking of) over 30,000 objects in the night sky. This stable mount can impressively handle slight load imbalances with ease. With its built-in integer gearing motor drive, you'll be able to track through long exposures using Meade's Smart Drive feature for recording permanent periodic error correction (PPEC). Seamlessly image the best parts of the night sky without having to worry about performing a meridian flip. The LX85 mount also includes an integrated autoguider port to readily connect to your autoguider camera, making your astro-imaging experience easy and straightforward.

AudioStar Hand Controller

With the included AudioStar hand controller you have easy access to over 30,000 objects that you can view with a simple press of a button! AudioStar Astronomer Inside technology features a built-in speaker that plays over four hours of educational content about the celestial objects you view!

The Meade AudioStar features audio files and an internal speaker. This computerized celestial object locating system plugs into the telescope's handbox port allowing a quick telescope alignment. Once aligned with the sky, the AudioStar is ready to take you to any object in the over 30,000 object database. In addition to GoTo and tracking capability, the AudioStar permits a wide array of fascinating and educational functions such as multiple Guided Tours, digital positional readouts, the ability to link with a PC using optionally available software and cord, and much more.

What's Included

This complete telescope package includes a 26mm Super Plössl eyepiece, 8x50 finderscope with crosshairs, 2" diameter eyepiece extension tube, hinged tube rings, Vixen-style dovetail rail, tripod accessory tray, 25' DC power cable, 9-pound counterweights (1 for the 6" variant, 2 for the 8" variant), and AutoStar Suite software available as a download. Weighs 46.8 lbs (6" variant) or 59.1 lbs (8" variant) fully assembled.

Warranty note: Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for two years from date of purchase. This warranty is provided by Meade for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact Meade at 800-626-3233.

What can I see with a Meade 6"/8" LX85 Astrograph Reflector Telescopes (217011/217012)?

Here are some simulated views of common objects. Results with your telescope will vary with viewing conditions, obrits, equipment and more.

Jupiter with

26mm Eyepiece - 31x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

Jupiter with

10mm Eyepiece - 80x Magnification

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Jupiter with

5mm Eyepiece - 160x Magnification

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Moon with 26mm Eyepiece

31x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

Moon with 10mm Eyepiece

80x Magnification

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Moon with 5mm Eyepiece

160x Magnification

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Andromeda with 36mm Eyepiece

22x Magnification

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Andromeda with 26mm Eyepiece

31x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

Andromeda with 10mm Eyepiece

80x Magnification

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What's in the Box

  • LX85 Astrograph Reflector Telescope
  • Robust 2" dual speed linear bearing Crayford focuser with 1.25" adapter
  • 8x50 finder scope
  • 26mm Super Plössl eyepiece
  • 2" diameter steel leg tripod, and more!

Specifications

Model 6" (217011) 8" (217012)
Best for viewing Brighter deep sky Brighter deep sky
Best for imaging Deep sky Deep sky
Astro-imaging capability Lunar, planetary & long exposure Lunar, planetary & long exposure
User Level Intermediate Intermediate
Optical design Reflector Reflector
Optical diameter 152mm 200mm
Focal Length 610mm 800mm
Focal Ratio f/4.1 f/4.0
Finder scope magnification 8x 8x
Lens diameter 50mm 50mm
Coatings Enhanced aluminum Enhanced aluminum
Backfocus Distance 77.1mm 83.2mm
Optics type Parabolic Parabolic
Glass material BK-7 BK-7
Eyepieces Super Plossl 26.0mm (1.25") Super Plossl 26.0mm (1.25")
Magnification with included eyepieces 23x 31x
Resolving Power 0.77arc*sec 0.58arc*sec
Lowest useful magnification 21x 29x
Highest useful magnification 300x 300x
Highest theoretical magnification 300x 400x
Limiting stellar magnitude 13.5 14.2
Optical quality Diffraction limited Diffraction limited
Finder scope 8x50 8x50
Focuser 2" dual-speed linear bearing Crayford 2" dual-speed linear bearing Crayford
Mount type Equatorial Equatorial
Tube material Steel Steel
Length of optical tube 22.5 in. 27.5 in.
Weight of optical tube 9.9 lbs. 16.0 lbs.
Additional included accessories 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece
2" diameter 35mm long eyepiece extension tube
25' DC power cable
26mm Super Plossl eyepiece
2" diameter 35mm long eyepiece extension tube
25' DC power cable
Other features Dual speed linear bearing Crayford focuser
Smart Drive w/ Permanent Periodic Error Correction
AudioStar Controller with multiple guided tours
Dual speed linear bearing Crayford focuser
Smart Drive w/ Permanent Periodic Error Correction
AudioStar Controller with multiple guided tours
Warranty Two year Two year

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